Ten Things the Library Can Do For You

As we never tire of saying on W4MP (because it’s TRUE!): the Commons Library is your best friend. Remember that this list is not just for Westminster-based staff; many of the resources are just as relevant to those of you based in constituency offices. The Library is open Monday-Thursday: 9am-6pm,  Friday: 9am-4pm – or to  the rise of the House if later. During Recess opening hours are 9am-5pm (4pm on Fridays)

You can download the Ten Things Leaflet (PDF) to print and keep with you and find more at http://intranet.parliament.uk/commons-library  or on the Library blog at  http://www.commonslibraryblog.com

PLACES TO WORK

The Members’ Library in the Palace or Derby Gate Library (for Members’ staff) have staff to help you and take research requests, WiFi, charging points, computers and photocopiers.

LOANS SERVICE

Most of the collection can be loaned and they can obtain inter-Library loans. Missed a programme on iPlayer or catch-up?  They may be able to obtain it for you.

Call 3666 or 1515.

NEWSPAPERS AND JOURNALS

These are available daily in the two Libraries or you can research the papers online via one of the many databases, on the Library intranet pages.

SUBJECT-BASED UPDATES

Several of the research teams produce daily or weekly update emails. Ask about these, or check the intranet pages.

SPECIALIST BRIEFING

Over 60 researchers will bring you up to speed on a subject, or provide written briefings.  Call 020 7219 3666 or email hclibrary@parliament.uk.

OPEN BRIEFINGS

These cover all major legislation and the most frequently asked questions.  You can find them on the Parliament website and intranet.

SHOW ME THE DATA

Ask us for analyses of spending figures, economic indicators, or constituency vital statistics.

CONSTITUENCY ISSUES

Library specialists know the issues affecting constituents or arising through casework.  Constituency-based staff can access all of the services.  Also, you can download the MyConstituency App

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES

Follow @commonslibrary or subscribe to ‘Second Reading’ at: www.commonslibraryblog.com.

EVIDENCE AND INFORMATION

Staff will give you the evidence base you need to do your work scrutinising Government, helping constituents and handling legislation.